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Day six: Delivering reeds to the queen mother

I thought to myself, “I wonder if the king is here,” and then I looked up and made eye contact with him. It was the day of reed delivery to the queen mother, and it only made sense that the … Continue reading

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Let the dancing begin! It is time for Umhlanga

The integration activity of the year for young females is here. One year ago my babe said I should dance at Umhlanga with my sisi this year. Today it officially starts. There was a community meeting with the caregivers of … Continue reading

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How I spent July’s PCV stipend

July was a much more expensive month. I took a vacation to Lesotho and Durban, and I had saved enough money that I was able to spend only $50 from my American account. Yay me! There was lots of good … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Running from mama cow

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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How I spent June’s PCV stipend

June ended with two busy weekends of food preparation. I came in under budget in every category, which was great because I was going on a vacation the next month.

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A moment in my life: Nausea on public transport

Fortunately, I avoided vomiting altogether, but there were a few moments, well more like at least 50 moments – one for each speed bump on my khumbi ride home today – where I was concerned.  I was stuck in the … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Anger

For the first time since arriving in Swaziland, I was angry today. Time is approached very differently here, as in much of the world. I have always approached this with patience. I may be annoyed, confused, concerned, or upset, but … Continue reading

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Reflections on life after a year as a PCV in Swaziland

I wasn’t sure that I was going to write something in honor of being in Swaziland for one year until I sat down and the words came out of my fingers. Why have a countdown when I am content and … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Lost baby chick

A few days ago I heard a chick crying in the yard. I headed outside and found a fresh baby wandering the front yard. I assumed it belonged to the group of babies that just hatched and would eventually be … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Bragging bosisi

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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